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Ford to roll out Blackberry OS-based entertainment systems this summer

Lucas Mearian | June 3, 2015
Sync 3 will be available via over-the-air software upgrades.

Other new features in Sync 3 include a more seamless integration of AppLink, which allows BlackBerry, iPhone and Android-based devices to run approved applications using the car's steering wheel buttons, radio or voice commands.

The new telematics system also allows Siri-voice activation capability for the Apple iPhone. Drivers can seek Siri's help by holding down Sync's Push to Talk steering wheel button, much as they would on an iPhone to initiate a Siri session.

Software updates will also be available via Wi-Fi (also known as over the air). Once a vehicle is set up with credentials for a home Wi-Fi network accessible in a customer's driveway or garage, it can automatically download updates.

AppLink allows users to connect their smartphone to their vehicle and control compatible apps using voice commands or buttons on the vehicle display screen.

AppLink automatically discovers smartphone apps, including Spotify, Pandora, Glympse, NPR One and iHeart Auto and displays each app's unique graphics and branding. Music and news apps are automatically displayed along with other media sources just like AM/FM or SiriusXM.

"Customers continue to tell us they want this technology, and they want it to be fast and easy to use - like a smartphone. Sync 3 delivers on that request," Mark LaNeve, Ford's vice president of U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service, said in a statement.


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